Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, claims Donald Trump took advantage of her attempts to get a job in his organization in order to have sex with her.
You can do anything, he told, for emphasis.
On Friday, we may have learned how that works in practice.
Gloria Allred, lawyer to wronged, camera-ready women everywhere, held a press conference in Los Angeles with her new client, Summer Zervos, a contestant on season five of The Apprentice, who claims Trump repeatedly induced inappropriate sexual advances towards her in 2007 as she tried to get a job at the Trump Organization.
Zervos account is different in some ways to other stories to come out in the last seven days about TrumpMiss Washington 2013 who told Trump groped her; two women, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks, who told The New York Times Trump groped or kissed them on a plane and in Trump Tower, respectively; and Natasha Stoynoff, a People magazine writer who said she was assaulted by Trump at Mar-a-Lago. She says she met with Trump first at his office in New York, where he kissed her twice and requested her telephone number, and then, the night after she rebuffed his lewd and aggressive advances in Los Angeles, she satisfied him at his golf course. But Mr. Trumps leveraging his power to set women in compromising sexual postures is consistent and damning to the GOP nominee.
The allegation is just the latest installment in a series of bad news stories for the fading candidate, who trails his Democratic adversary, Hillary Clinton, by 6.7 points nationally, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls from October 3 through October 13.
I vaguely recollect Zervos as one of the many contestants on The Apprentice over the years, Donald Trump said in a statement released to the press. To be clear, I never satisfied her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately ten years ago. That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how Ive conducted my life. In fact, Zervos continued to contact me for help, emailing my office on April 14 th of this year asking that I visit her restaurant in California.
Trump, who dismissed his own accusers Thursday and Friday by suggesting they werent physically attractive enough to drive him to commit sex crimes, has attempted to turn his luck by reminding voters of allegations of rape and sexual assault made against Bill Clinton, and Hillarys alleged role in intimidating the alleged victims, but that strategy has so far proven ineffectual.
Allred, who wore a white blazer and patterned scarves, strolled in front of the microphones and cameras ahead of Zervos and pulled her chair out for her. When Zervos sat down, with her blonde hair styled like Farrah Fawcett, Allred gripped her hand maternally.
Today another woman has courageously come forward to accused Donald Trump of engaging in an inappropriate sexual conduct with her, Allred told. Her three-page statement, read aloud and distributed to reporters, directly addressed the Republican nominee as Donald.
Donald, before you can become President of the United States you must first learn how to treat women with respect, she told. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Zervos then delivered her prepared remarks: I had the utmost admiration for Mr. Trump and even after I was fired by him I continued to see him as a possible mentor and potential employer, she told. She explained that she contacted his office in 2007, a year after season 5 of The Apprentice had aired, to arrange lunch. Trump instead invited her to his office, and when I arrived he kissed me on the lips.
He complimented her repeatedly, she told, he said that he had never met anyone with my combination of being smart, attractive and with as large a situate of balls as I had. He said that he would love to have me work for him. He told her hed be coming to Los Angeles soon and hed contact her. He asked for her number and she scrawled it out in marker. Then he kissed her again on the lips.
I left hurriedly and called a friend who lived in New York because I was upset by the kiss, she told, I also called my parents to tell them what had happened.
Zervos said she and her loved ones came to the strange conclusion that this was undoubtedly some sort of greeting and that I should not take it as anything other than that.